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The Caulfield Sisters
Say It With Fire EP
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I'm in my basement bedroom. Door shut. Lying on my stomach on my twin-size bed. Feet up, dangling midair. Propped up, my elbows digging into a pillow, I'm facing my old, sticker-covered ghetto blaster, getting all dreamy to the dreamy songs of The Breeders that escape it. Singing along, pretending the reality of my teenage life outside doesn't exist, and instead I'm some member of a really cool weird rock band, just loving it, night after night.

I might've forgotten all about these escapist school nights had the Caulfield Sisters' new EP, Say It With Fire, not shown up. I'm trying to like it for what it is, here and now. But it's hard. I can't help but go back. The similarities are uncanny and the sounds just as dreamy.

Already, the sounds of the '90s are making a resurgance. A bit premature, but a fact nonetheless (Rhino already dropped the decade-spanning anthology called Whatever: The 90s Pop Culture Box). But don't mistake the Caulfield Sisters for a revivalist act; singer and guitarist/accordionist Cindy Wheeler and bassist/vocalist Mary Guidera played in the '90s pop/rock band Pee Shy. Rounded out by newish drummer Kristin Mueller, the New York City trio don't aim to recapture, in this decade, the vitality of the last. They've been there, done that. And, timely or not, are back to do it again.

The six-track EP opens with the slow-kicking, jangly "Phoebe's Song," first introducing the listener to the ethereal, steamy vocals and crunching yet whimsical tones that are heard throughout. "Box of Glass" is a stuttering, catchy cut trudging through Jesus & Mary Chain-style distortion, while the clean and poppy "Fine" recalls Belly or Veruca Salt with its skipping beats and swinging self-assurance. "Mosquito" makes for a fitting closer with its sluggish tempos and muddled but mesmerizing sound.

For those of you born in the '70s (are we old?), the Caulfield Sisters are sure to summon up feelings of nostalgia. Still, you'll be hard pressed to resist these gorgeous songs, and even I don't mind the occasional flashback to my teen years.

by Jenny Tatone

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